Design done at Faldo's Vattanac


Design done at Faldo's Vattanac
Sean Dudley

Faldo Design has finished the detailed design work for the East course at the new Vattanac Golf Resort in Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s capital city. Construction of the course is expected to start later this year.

Vattanac Properties appointed the Faldo firm to create two 18 hole championship-standard courses, 15km from the centre of Phnom Penh. The golf will be part of a luxury resort with clubhouse, hotel, wedding banquet facility and extensive real estate. Most properties will have waterfront locations.

“The site presented us with an exciting challenge of creativity and imagination,” said Sir Nick Faldo, after a recent site visit. “Inspiration for our design came from a number of different sources including aerial views of the padi fields, the stunning temples at Angkor Wat, wooden houses close to the site and the formation of the padi field basins themselves.”

“The brief for the East course was to create a golf course accessible to all, yet capable of hosting a tournament, therefore built-in vantage points for spectators throughout the course were a prerequisite,” said Faldo director of architecture Andrew Haggar. “We knew we had to design a landscape and an identity for the site and at the same time create an iconic golf course.”

Vattanac is one of five Asian projects currently being undertaken by Faldo Design, with work also underway on other sites in India, Vietnam and China.

Hole visualisation by HK Golf. To see a flyover of the hole, visit the HK web site.